20 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Clifton


Mary E. Gerry Clifton v Edson B. Clifton (Journal 10 p271 - 27 Nov 1879; Roll 34 case number 682 - Nov 1879)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 24 Dec 1875 in DeKalb Co, IN.  Edson, b 1850 OH, was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Kinnear Clifton.   In the 1860 Marlboro, Delaware Co, OH federal census p60, the Clifton family was enumerated as Joseph 47 Del, Mary 42 VA, John 23 OH, Susan 21 OH, James 17 OH, Sarah 15 OH, Edson 10 OH, Mary 7 OH, Eva 5 OH, and Emma 2 OH. Edson was listed with his family in the 1870 Bridgewater, Wms Co federal census, p24, as Joseph 51 DEL, Mary A. 52 VA, Elson 19 OH, Mary 17 OH, Eva 14, and Emma 12.   There was a Mary E. Gerry 2 OH listed with her parents Albert Francis and Elizabeth Henry Gerry of NH in the 1860 Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p397, but it has not been currently determined if this was the subject in this divorce. If this is the subject she was born on 12 Aug 1858 in Milford Twp according to an Internet source.  Albert and Elizabeth Henry Gerry were married in Defiance Co, OH on 26 Apr 1855 (Marriage V1 p227); the father later married Mary C. Wilson on 1 Dec 1870.

The Cliftons had two children, Blanche (28 Nov 1876 - 25 Feb 1877) and Inez Maria (July 1878 - ?).  One of Mary’s uncles, Ira Wadleigh Ladd, was a physician in the Defiance Co, OH area.  Edson Clifton was a medical student so there may have been a connection by virtue of their occupations.

Mary charged that in July 1877 Edson pulled her out of bed by her hair; in Apr 1879 he was violent and extremely cruel to her; he took a large horsewhip and struck her across the hands and face.  She sustained large bruises and welts.  In June 1879 at Hamilton, Steuben Co, IN he beat and knocked her to the ground.  Mary was granted a divorce.   Mollie Gerry 21 OH-NH-IN was listed in the 1880 Franklin Twp, DeKalb Co, IN federal census p44 as a servant in the home of William and Emma Fee.  There is the possibility that Mollie married George Whiting and in 11900/910/1920 lived in Woodruff, Converse Co, WY; Mollie Whiting was married in 1880 and was born in Aug 1858 OH, mother of three children with two surviving according to these various federal census records.  George Whiting was born in Dec 1848 OH.

In the 1880 Bridgewater Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p459, the Clifton family was listed as Mary A 61 PA, Susan Evans 38 OH, Edson Clifton 28 OH medical student, Eunice 22 OH-IN, Joseph Evans 18 stepson, Edson Evans 12 OH stepson, and Jennie Evans stepdaughter.

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